Who are we? In my journey as a community activist and Chicano advocate, I’ve experienced many fascinating elements that have inspired me but also scarred me to my very soul. I have fought the Chicano politician who capitulated in the selling out of his community, broke bread with the “Old Man” whom lent the little […]
Here is a listicle partially inspired by a mas longer listicle on BuzzFeed, because they are the listicle professionals, tu sabes. ¡Mira! The Pocho Ocho signs you grew up in a Mexican household/family: 8. Virgen de Guadalupe veladoras. 7. Your first introduction to dramatic acting was a telenovela. 6. You always wondered why gringos celebrated […]
Fox has just announced the pickup of a new animated TV show called Bordertown, debuting in 2014. It was created by the showrunner of Family Guy, Mark Hentemann. I was offered a gig writing and consulting on the show, and I happily accepted. This will be the first animated prime time network TV show with […]
(PNS reporting from SAN ANTONIO) All across America, elementary school teachers performed a traditional back-to-school ritual this week — the ceremonial renaming of thousands of boys named “José.” The annual ritual is performed when teachers take roll in the morning: First, teachers call the boys named “José” by new “American” names, typically “Joe,” “Joey,” or […]
An Open Letter to the Denver Public Library Commission: I am writing in response to the so-called “ire” that was reported in the Denver Post regarding the new West Denver library being named after Rodolfo Corky Gonzales. I am an author/publisher and a Denver native. I am also Chicano. My roots in Denver run deep […]
Interoffice Memo To: Samantha From: Tomi Date: July 12, 2011 Subject: Guess what? Scott, the new associate, just offered me the executive assistant job. He says we could do a three-month trial. He’s offering $45,000 a year. What do you think? Tomi P.S. Yo mama is so ugly she makes onions cry.
Late Saturday night, as I searched for some historical images for a new history book I’m illustrating, I saw that Google had finally honored farm labor icon Cesar Chavez with their “Google Doodle.” My first thought (and tweet) was, “Brace yourselves for anti-Mexican, anti-immigrant, anti-Cesar Chavez racist hate from internet Christians on their Holy Day.” […]